Austin Sun

I am a Computer Science and Anthropology student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My interests lie in Human-Computer Interaction, specifically in designing & building interfaces to influence the behavior of individuals at a large scale, building intelligent systems that allow people to make better informed and reflective decisions, and user research to motivate the strategy of products that can support users' goals and values. I am also interested in software engineering, product design, cognitive science, experience research, the ethics of technology, and sustainability.

I'm from the Bay Area, where I spent much of my life. I love learning, coaching, and teaching the game of basketball, writing, biking, cooking, and playing foosball. One of my favorite quotes is, “Our life is like a land journey, too even and easy and dull over long distances across the plains, too hard and painful up the steep grades; but, on the summits of the mountain, you have a magnificent view--and feel exalted--and your eyes are full of happy tears--and you want to sing--and wish you had wings! And then--you can't stay there, but must continue your journey--you begin climbing down the other side, so busy with your footholds that your summit experience is forgotten.”


In the past I've interned at LinkedIn as a Software Engineer Intern on the Assessments team, where I worked on video assessment to help recruiters gather data about candidates' language proficiency and soft skills and at UnitedHealthGroup, creating a emerging projects landing page to assist product managers in managing internal projects .

In school I've had the pleasure of working on various Human-Computer Interaction projects in the Crowd Dynamics Lab under Professor Hari Sundaram, and in the Cascade Lab under Professor Wai-Tat Fu. Also in school I've served as a project lead for Design Innovation, a user research/product design student consulting club. In my project I led a team to work on the user research and low-fidelity prototyping of Mallo, a pop-culture language-learning platform startup.

During the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters I was a Teaching Assistant for CS 173: Discrete Structures and was a Teaching Assistant for CS 125: Introduction to Computer Science during the Spring 2017 semester.